English Major Profile: Juliana Goodman (B. A. 2014)

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Juliana Goodman majored in English and minored in Creative Writing. She went on to earn her MFA in Creative Writing from Purdue. Her first novel will be published in the spring of 2022.… Continue reading

Sigma Tau Delta Virtual Trivia Night

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Every semester, English faculty and Sigma Tau Delta students gather together discuss and celebrate all things English. While a normal semester would see us breaking bread and reading aloud at Dinners and Conversations,… Continue reading

English Minor Profile: Carlos Williamson (B.A. 2015)

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Carlos Williamson majored in journalism and minored in English, focusing on Creative Writing. He is currently an editor and designer at The Chicago Tribune. His creative writing has appeared in journals including Vol.… Continue reading

English Major Profile: Holly Hanna (M.A. 2011)

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Holly Hanna, a high school English teacher, joined the English M.A. program in 2005. She earned her M.A. while teaching full-time. After graduating, she co-created and led an alternative school, East Campus in… Continue reading

English Major Profile: Rachel Troyer (B.A. 2017)

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Rachal Troyer, an English major and film minor, says that she “discovered a welcoming place at Western and within the English department. It was a place where I could share my love of… Continue reading

English Major Profile: Kristin Stradt (B. A. 2012)

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Kristin Stradt is a professional academic advisor at Scott Community College in the Quad Cities. She majored in English and then went on to earn her MA degree in Higher Education Leadership from… Continue reading

English Major Profile: Ethan Knight (B. A. 2013)

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M&L: Why did you choose to major in English at Western?  I chose to major in English at WIU for a few reasons. I began as a Theatre major, but after taking several… Continue reading

2019–2020 Awards and Announcements

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The 2019 EGO committee with keynote speaker Dr. Ariana Ruiz at the 16th Annual EGO/ΣΤΔ conference Award Winning Students Each spring, the English Department awards $20,000 in scholarships and fellowships for our graduate… Continue reading

University Writing Center Supports Writers Remotely During COVID-19

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In January the University Writing Center (UWC) added asynchronous (e-tutoring) appointments to complement its face-to-face and online (real-time) appointment options. Little did we know how crucial those alternative options would be in the… Continue reading

A Letter from the Chair

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I have always found something special about the first line of a work of literature – especially when it comes to novels. Whenever I begin a new book, I stop after the first… Continue reading